McLaren P1 Hits Geneva Motor Show Photo:
TMR Team | Mar, 06 2013 | 3 Comments

McLaren's new P1 hypercar has made its official debut this week, arriving in Geneva for a face-off with Ferrari's LaFerrari hero.

The new top-shelf McLaren P1 will draw power from a V8 petrol-electric hybrid system creating a combined 673kW and 900Nm of torque.

With power sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, McLaren says the P1 will hit 100km/h in under 3.0 seconds - nothing more specific than that, but sharp enough.

Importantly, the P1 lists a 0-200km/h time below 7.0 seconds, and the 0-300km/h sprint is complete in less than 17 seconds - making it at least five seconds quicker than the McLaren F1 hero.

Top speed is electronically limited to 350km/h.

A high-density 96kg battery pack provides energy for the electric motor, and all power is sent to the rear wheels only through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

McLaren says the P1 will emit less than 200g/km in carbon emissions, and an all-electric driving mode will allow around 10km of petrol-free driving.

A Kinetic Energy Recovery System will feature, along with a version of the Drag Reduction System (DRS) that has also starred on the F1 track.

For the P1, the DRS system will reduce the rear wing's angle by 23 percent, activated at the push of a button and deactivate either when the button is released, or the brake pedal is engaged.

The P1’s structure is based on an evolution of the 12C’s MonoCell carbon fibre/aluminium tub dubbed ‘MonoCage’, with the P1’s tub integrating side and roof air intakes and increased attention to passenger safety.

In the UK, the P1 will be priced at £866,000 on the road, or around AU$1.3 million. In Australia, we can likely expect the P1 to run at around $1.5 million.

McLaren says that price will give buyers a car that is fully equipped "for both road and track use," with the options list limited to bespoke items such as a specialised luggage package.

Production of the P1 will be limited to 375 cars in total to ensure exclusivity, and even in Australia alone, the company is known to have taken deposits from more than 100 prospective buyers.

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